I’ve been waiting for this day says Liam
MANAGER Liam Watson said Southport must build on their Emirates FA Cup win over Boreham Wood as they return to league action.
The Sandgrounders booked their place in the second round with an emphatic victory against higher-ranked opposition with goals from Dean Winnard and Jason Gilchrist.
Southport return to Vanarama National League North action on Tuesday with a visit to Hereford and Watson is looking for consistency after a fine win.
“I can’t give the players enough credit, it’s a special day for the fans and it’s one I’ve been waiting for,” Watson (right) said.
“We knew that they would be big, physical and strong, and we said that we should be looking to pass the ball through them.
“We competed with them in both boxes and both of our goals came from set-pieces, which shows that it is about the quality of the delivery not always the height.
“The fans really responded when we scored and the ground was bouncing at the end.
“I can’t recall them threatening us much in the final third and we were dominant throughout.
“The game at Hereford is more important than today.
“If we turn up and perform as we have done today, there is no reason we can’t look to get three points.
“We’re starting to keep clean sheets, the work ethic is there and we need to continue with these things.”
Striker Jack Sampson signed a contract extension until 2020 last week and he played a part in Winnard’s opening goal to help set Southport up for victory.
“I thought we were the better team all day,” said Sampson.
“The manager did the homework on them and we knew what was coming from them.
“The first goal came from the training ground. We’ve worked on our set-pieces and in the past few games there have been some good balls into the box but no-one has managed to get to them at the far post.
“This time I did that, got a good connection and it fell into Deano’s path. All the lads are buzzing after two big wins and we need to take that into Tuesday.”